Want to know what book to gift to that 40-year-old golfing uncle?
He spent the weekend golfing, and all they got was to cool their heels.
President Obama had the temerity to be golfing on the Vineyard when the homeland was threatened.
mid-15c., Scottish gouf, usually taken as an alteration of Middle Dutch colf, colve "stick, club, bat," from Proto-Germanic *kulth- (cf. Old Norse kolfr "clapper of a bell," German Kolben "mace, club"). The game is from 14c., the word is first mentioned (along with fut-bol) in a 1457 Scottish statute on forbidden games. Golf ball attested from 1540s. Despite what you read in an e-mail, "golf" is not an acronym.
c.1800, golf (n.). Related: Golfed; golfing.
An exclamation of woe, distress, shock, etc: He breaks open a mezuzah, nothing inside, gevalt! but a piece of paper that says ''Made in Japan''
[1960s+; fr Yiddish, ''powers,'' hence an invocation of a higher force]